I think I like it. I suppose it is a bit like therapy.
It’s a good thing I have to journal afterwards. I always leave differently than when I entered. It’s a deep feeling, really. I find myself consumed in my thoughts on my walk home, and no desire or need to release them immediately. I have much to think about and much to journal about.
Today I was ready for Practicum more so than I have ever been, and for a number of reasons:
1. I feel that I am more able to bring my whole self to the group now that I’m no longer working. I don’t feel as stretched in so many directions as I once was.
2. I had my one-on-one meeting rescheduled from tomorrow to this morning before my Practicum group meeting. That in itself helps me to better focus on my(self). Namely, thoughts concerning who I am, my reactions, my feelings, and to ask questions of myself.
3. We’re leaving for Canada tonight and I can’t wait to use the time to work on homework. And spend time with Buni, of course. Perhaps she’ll help me on my Romanian.
The God who has become incarnate in human flesh is found, first and foremost, not in meditation and monasteries, albeit God is found there, in our homes. As Nikos Kazantzakis puts it: “Wherever you find husband and wife, that’s where you find God; wherever children and petty cares and cooking and arguments and reconciliation are, that is where God is too.” The God of the incarnation is more domestic that monastic.
Whereas our relations with nature, persons, and spirit becoming forms can take either an I-Thou or I-It expression, our relationship to the “eternal Thou" can only take the I-Thou form. God can never become an It, because when God becomes a thing, or an object of experience, or a doctrine to be believed, the living God is lost in the thought of the living God. For Buber, the “eternal Thou" is always "wholly Present," inviting us into deeper relationships, even though we continue trying to relate to God as a theological concept, or a gender, or a philosophical being.
—Kenneth Paul Kramer, Martin Buber’s I and Thou: Practicing Living Dialogue
You will realize that doctrines are inventions of the human mind, as it tries to penetrate the mystery of God. You will realize that Scripture itself is the work of human minds, recording the example and teaching of Jesus. Thus it is not what you believe that matters; it is how you respond with your heart and actions. It is not believing in Christ that matters; it is becoming like him.
—Pelagius (from Listening for the Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Spirituality by J. Philip Newell)